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Oracle Installer File Location

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonApril 27, 2015

Question: I am trying to install Oracle using a silent install response file, but I am running into problems.  When I execute the runInstaller command initially, I get the following error:

INFO: INFO: Unable to read the list of homes from the inventory.

Can you help me determine the problem with this install?

Answer:  Since it seems that your process terminates before it gets started, there would appear to be a problem with your response file.

The Oracle installer requires input from the user to determine the type of installation. Selections that are made via the GUI are recorded and written to a response file, which can be used to perform the silent installation.

You specify the response file location by starting the installer with the following command and perform the installation as normal:

 ./runInstaller -record -destinationFile <destinationFile.rsp>


  • -record:  This is the parameter telling the installer to write to the response file
  • -destinationFile:  This is the parameter definining the name and location of the response file

Response files contain a large amount of information, including a long list of parameters and other information specified during the install.

Once the response file has been created, the silent installation is initiated as follows:

 ./runInstaller -silent -responseFile <destinationFile.rsp>


  • -silent:  This is the parameter establishing the silent installation.
  • -responseFile:  This parameter indicates the name and location of response file created in the previous step.

The success or failure of the silent install is recorded in a silentInstall.log file.

Check your Oracle installation log area for the file.  The location will be something like:

 C:\Program Files\Oracle\Inventory\logs

The Oracle installer does not write to the log file until after the silent installation completed. This is also true if you are executing a silent deinstallation.

 Your silent installation could be failing for any number of reasons.  You should check the following:

  • You did not specify a response file
  • You specified a response file, but it the specified response file is incorrect or incomplete

The Oracle docs note that a common problem is that the product-specific data may be filled out correctly, but it is possible that the staging area location is incorrect.  In this situation, you can check the from_location variable to be certain that it is pointed to the products.xml file in the installation media, which is in the response/stage location for this particular file.

Any failure of the validation of the response file at run time will also end the silent installation process.  During validation, the installer treats parameters that are of the wrong type, context or format as if there was no value specified.

It is also possible that the Oracle installer encountered an error.  Once such error would be the case of insufficient disk space. 

Check the log files for the information about your specific install.  The installer has location for log and trace files, you can check there for addional details:


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